Source: Backup QBs to begin in Nebraska-La
Pete Thamel, ESPNSep 23, 2023, 07:00 AM ET
Nebraska will begin redshirt sophomore Heinrich Haarberg versus Louisiana Tech on Saturday, a source informed ESPN.Haarberg will begin
in replace of Jeff Sims, who is still handling an ankle injury that he suffered against Colorado on Sept. 9. Sims will dress and be readily available, according to a source, however the ankle injury is still remaining and he’s not 100 percent.It will be a battle of quarterbacks who didn’t begin the season as a starter. Louisiana Tech standout Hank Bachmeier is handling a shoulder injury and will not start against the Cornhuskers, a source said.Redshirt sophomore Jack Turner is anticipated to make his very first career start for Louisiana Tech, according to a source. Bachmeier will be offered only in an emergency scenario for Louisiana Tech, a source said.Nebraska is 1-2, with Haarberg leading the Huskers to that lone success over Northern Illinois last week.
Haarberg accounted for 256 yards of offense and three goals in the win, hurrying for 98 backyards and a touchdown.”The team rallied around him,”a group source told ESPN. “He’s a fantastic athlete. The guys absolutely reacted to him
.”Haarberg played as a hybrid wide receiver in Nebraska’s opening loss to Minnesota. He completed the Colorado game at quarterback, playing in the final 3 drives in change of Sims.Haarberg is a redshirt sophomore from Kearney, Nebraska, who did not play in his first two years with the program. Nebraska will have a new starter at tailback after losing Gabe Ervin Jr. and Rahmir Johnson for the season with injuries.Anthony Grant, began last season and had a key fumble in the Minnesota game, will begin for Nebraska at tailback. He ran for 915 lawns last year.Louisiana Tech’s Jack Turner has appeared in five career games, tossing 2 profession goal passes and rushing for another. He has finished 12-of-18 passes this season for 146 yards.After going 3-9 in 2015, Louisiana Tech is off to a 2-2 start, with wins over FIU and Northwestern State. The Bulldogs resume Conference USA dip into UTEP on Friday night. Bachmeier, a Boise State transfer, has actually thrown for 756 backyards and five goals.